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Rachael

West Jordan, UT, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Intensity: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (213)

    Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity.

    Connie says: "One of the best Koontz Books!"
    "A Good Storyline"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. I listen to about 3-4 books a month and found this one to be entertaining. My problem with this book was that I like to listen to books while I exercise for distraction but there was SO much detail that I found myself zoning out and thinking about other things while and realizing that I had missed the last several minutes. And to top it off, I didn't really miss anything! Perhaps if I was reading this book it would be different but as a listen, there was way, way, WAY to much miniscule details. In fact, the details often took away from instead of adding to the characters and story line. Having said that, the storyline is strong and suspenseful. I enjoyed this book but will not likely get another Koontz book to listen to.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • King of Sword and Sky: Tairen Soul, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C. L. Wilson
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    Rain, the proud and haunted Fey King, risked everything to follow his heart and his destiny to Ellysetta - his truemate, his love, the woodcarver's daughter who possessed miraculous gifts she did not understand. He defied the nobles of Celieria to claim her, battled demons and Elden mages to wed her. And now he must protect her - and his imperiled kingdom - with magic, steel, and scorching flame. For his soul-kin, the magical tairen, are dying, and only the Fey King's bride can save them...

    foxtail_too says: "Wonderful tale with poor choice for narrator"
    "So Sad..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator butchered this book. I LOVED the narrators for the first two books. I had a hard time stomaching this book and opted to read, rather than listen to, the last two books. Why, when the two previous narrators were good, would they decide to keep Emily Durante???? Terrible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of King of Sword and Sky?

    Nothing...I could barely get past how horrible the narrator was.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    Fantasy is NOT her genre. Maybe a different genre.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Terrible, terrible disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they redo these last 3 books with a new narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Prey

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death.

    Nina says: "Another winner for Sandford"
    "Sometimes change is good...sometimes not"
    Overall

    One of the things about listening to an audio series, or reading one for that matter, is that you begin to understand who the main character is that you are following through all these books. You may like that person, you may not, but the point is you have grown to understand and find some sort of comfort in the consistency of that. Richard Ferrone was the narrator for the previous Prey series and had developed the character of Lucas Davenport in a specific way. Over time the reader could distinguish between vocal tones, knowing what type of response Lucas was giving. With the switch to this new narrator, Lucas Davenport became a COMPLETELY different person. The narrator tried to hard to give emotion to a man who isn't supposed to express all that much emotion to begin with. His attemps at female voices are terrible and it completely takes away from the stories. Over the years I have become a BIG fan of the Prey series but I was unable to even get through this one. I highly recommend skipping this one and looking to see who is narrating. I didn't think it would make a big difference but the difference was actually huge.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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